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BRIEF: Waynesboro woman charged with embezzlement

February 11, 2014

By Lauren Berg, The News Virginian, Waynesboro, Va.

Feb. 11--Last Thursday, Waynesboro police arrested a woman charged with embezzling money from her employer. Ellen Jan-nel Smith, 31, was charged with four counts of felony embezzlement for stealing $12,000 over a period of five days.

Last May, senior managers from Fast Auto Loans at 1220 W Broad St reported that Smith, who was then the store manager, could not account for four days worth of deposits. She was responsible for taking four deposits to the bank over five days, but the money was never deposited at the bank. When management confronted her about the missing money, Smith resigned from her position.

Based on the four felony counts, Smith is "possibly facing five years per charge, for a total of twenty years," according to Sergeant Brian Edwards.

An advisement hearing was set for Feb. 24 at 8:30 a.m. The court will advise Smith on her right to represent herself, hire an attorney, or let the court provide an attorney for her based on her financial situation. At this hearing, the court will also set the next hearing date.

Smith is currently free on bond.


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